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Old 12-26-2013, 03:35 PM
 
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Bad News for Fairfield County


Cablevision might drop WFSB (Channel 3)


Southwestern Connecticut Cablevision customers could lose Connecticut’s CBS affiliate by 2014.
WFSB-TV announced Thursday morning, Dec. 26, that it has been unable to reach a new agreement with the most used cable company in southwestern Connecticut. The current agreement expires on Dec. 31, at midnight.
WFSB, broadcast on Channel 3, is based out of Hartford and is owned by the Meredith Corp. The company announced last decade that it planned to increase its Fairfield County news coverage after centering much of its coverage in and around the Hartford-New Haven area. But that coverage has mainly been in alternate infomercials simulcast on an alternate Channel 3 in this area.
Cablevision’s Optimum TV service does carry New York’s WCBS-TV, which is owned by CBS, and offers much of the same programming in high definition. That network came to terms with Cablevision in September 2012. Cablevision said that 80% of its subscribers will continued to receive WCBS.
“Cablevision has already agreed to pay for carriage of WFSB Channel 3 in parts of Litchfield and New Haven Counties, where it is the local CBS channel,” Kelly McAndrew, a Cablevision spokesman, told Hersam Acorn Newspapers. “In an unprecedented move, the owners of WFSB Channel 3 are now threatening to punish viewers in parts of central Litchfield and three towns in New Haven County by blacking out CBS programming unless Cablevision agrees to pay for two different CBS channels in Fairfield County.




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Old 12-26-2013, 04:53 PM
 
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Bad News for Fairfield County


Cablevision might drop WFSB (Channel 3)


Southwestern Connecticut Cablevision customers could lose Connecticut’s CBS affiliate by 2014.
WFSB-TV announced Thursday morning, Dec. 26, that it has been unable to reach a new agreement with the most used cable company in southwestern Connecticut. The current agreement expires on Dec. 31, at midnight.
WFSB, broadcast on Channel 3, is based out of Hartford and is owned by the Meredith Corp. The company announced last decade that it planned to increase its Fairfield County news coverage after centering much of its coverage in and around the Hartford-New Haven area. But that coverage has mainly been in alternate infomercials simulcast on an alternate Channel 3 in this area.
Cablevision’s Optimum TV service does carry New York’s WCBS-TV, which is owned by CBS, and offers much of the same programming in high definition. That network came to terms with Cablevision in September 2012. Cablevision said that 80% of its subscribers will continued to receive WCBS.
“Cablevision has already agreed to pay for carriage of WFSB Channel 3 in parts of Litchfield and New Haven Counties, where it is the local CBS channel,” Kelly McAndrew, a Cablevision spokesman, told Hersam Acorn Newspapers. “In an unprecedented move, the owners of WFSB Channel 3 are now threatening to punish viewers in parts of central Litchfield and three towns in New Haven County by blacking out CBS programming unless Cablevision agrees to pay for two different CBS channels in Fairfield County.
Cablevision might drop WFSB (Channel 3) | Fairfield-Sun.com
If they drop WFSB, i'll be dropping them. It was bad enough losing Fox61. WFSB, like Fox61, airs football games that the NY affiliates don't.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:34 PM
 
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They wante Fairfield County to be NY so bad
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:07 PM
 
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Fairfield County IS part of the NYC tri-state area and the NYC television market. Most of FFC is closer to NYC than it is to Hartford. NYC stations have stronger signals in FFC than Hartford stations do. Only Channel 8 has a strong signal in FFC, and that's because it comes from much closer New Haven. Sorry, but despite Channel 3's past slogan that they're "Everywhere in Connecticut," one visit to the FCC's website will refute their claim.

Don't get me wrong...I always liked Channel 3's news the best and always watched it when I went to UConn (class of 2001). But they're not a superstation and CT is a lot bigger than it looks on a map. The average TV station cannot cover a whole state, unless maybe it's Rhode Island, which is 1/3 the size of Connecticut.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:45 PM
 
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Fairfield County IS part of the NYC tri-state area and the NYC television market. Most of FFC is closer to NYC than it is to Hartford. NYC stations have stronger signals in FFC than Hartford stations do. Only Channel 8 has a strong signal in FFC, and that's because it comes from much closer New Haven. Sorry, but despite Channel 3's past slogan that they're "Everywhere in Connecticut," one visit to the FCC's website will refute their claim.

Don't get me wrong...I always liked Channel 3's news the best and always watched it when I went to UConn (class of 2001). But they're not a superstation and CT is a lot bigger than it looks on a map. The average TV station cannot cover a whole state, unless maybe it's Rhode Island, which is 1/3 the size of Connecticut.
News12CT is proably the worst
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:29 PM
 
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What towns would this affect in Litchfield and New Haven County?
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:31 PM
 
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Fairfield County IS part of the NYC tri-state area and the NYC television market. Most of FFC is closer to NYC than it is to Hartford. NYC stations have stronger signals in FFC than Hartford stations do. Only Channel 8 has a strong signal in FFC, and that's because it comes from much closer New Haven. Sorry, but despite Channel 3's past slogan that they're "Everywhere in Connecticut," one visit to the FCC's website will refute their claim.

Don't get me wrong...I always liked Channel 3's news the best and always watched it when I went to UConn (class of 2001). But they're not a superstation and CT is a lot bigger than it looks on a map. The average TV station cannot cover a whole state, unless maybe it's Rhode Island, which is 1/3 the size of Connecticut.
I go out of my way to watch CT affiliates since NYC networks give zero coverage to CT including FFC. I live in CT so I expect and demand CT news. I'd also like to know what "ransom" Wfsb is requesting. if all of this politicking is over a quarter a month I'll take my businesses elsewhere and wont look back. Subscribers aren't loyal to cable companies (despite what they believe)- I could care less what pipe delivers the content.
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:58 AM
 
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Cablevision is the worst cable company I know of. I ALWAYS hear people who have complain about the service and the constant changes they make to their service. I know many that have changed to ATT because of this and the ones that have not can't because their service is not available on their street. I think they will just lose more customers. It may be time for towns to reconsider their franchise agreement. Jay
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:15 PM
 
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Cablevision is the worst cable company I know of. I ALWAYS hear people who have complain about the service and the constant changes they make to their service. I know many that have changed to ATT because of this and the ones that have not can't because their service is not available on their street. I think they will just lose more customers. It may be time for towns to reconsider their franchise agreement. Jay

ATT Interent is not as as Optimum that the downside
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:32 PM
 
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ATT Interent is not as as Optimum that the downside

You accidentally a word here.

If you mean as fast as, U-Verse is comparable to Optimum. Problem is, U-Verse isn't available everywhere. And worse, if it's not available in your area, they constantly send you advertisements for Dish Network, which is awful.

I haven't watched any of their TV broadcasts in quite some time, but I find WTNH's website to be the least offensive. WFSB hasn't updated theirs in what feels like 10 years, and it shows...
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